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Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho use ephemeral materials to make the most beautiful party supplies you’ve ever seen. They call it ConfettiSystem, and we can’t get enough. Which is why west elm collaborated with the NYC-based designers for a pretty incredible series of Holiday decorations, if we do say so ourselves. But it’s one thing to talk about ConfettiSystem, and it’s another to see it in person. So we ventured across the East River to visit Nicholas and Julie’s Manhattan studio, and to learn more about this incredibly creative duo.

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What was the inspiration behind ConfettiSystem?

We realized we were both obsessed with ephemeral materials, and our partnership grew out of this mutual fascination with dusty dollar store decorations, faded paper, and similar childhood memories. We remembered how fun pinata parties were when we were young and wanted to recreate that feeling. We then decided to continue exploring and working with the concept of what makes a “party”. We hope our work of paper and other simple materials transcends just that and reaches something emotional in the viewer. In the end we want people to have fun and maybe take a moment to be in the present.

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What do you love about your studio?

We have been at our current studio for two years now. We’re in Chelsea where all the art galleries are. And there’s the flower market, which is an entire block full of plants and flowers spilling out onto the sidewalk, and the wholesale district where you can buy everything and anything in bulk. On the weekends, there is the oldest and best flea market in New York on our block. It’s very inspiring to have this all just a few steps away.

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What’s your approach to decorating?

We like incorporating unexpected objects and elements from flea markets, 99cent stores, and thrift stores. We love creating a perfect balance of shine, matte, color, texture, and simplicity. As you can imagine, we LOVE decorating for parties, especially with friends. We can’t wait to celebrate at home with our special pieces from the collection!

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Tell us about your collection for west elm. How did it come together?

We love celebrating the holidays, everything begins to sparkle, and colors get brighter. We wanted to offer our take on classic holiday items like lights, ornaments, garlands, and gift boxes and thought West Elm would be perfect to collaborate with. They offer a beautiful selection for the holidays.

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Who are some of the artists and designers that inspire you?

James Turrell, Doug Wheeler, Charles and Ray Eames, Sheila Hicks, and Lucie Rie, to name a few. We admire the mastery of their work and their dedication to the materials they use.

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Get more ConfettiSystem on their website, and you can shop more of their original designs on their online shop.

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November 28, 2012

Absolutely love ConfettiSystem! This is such an awesome collaboration. I can’t wait to snag an ornament from the collection.

Adventures in Dressmaking

November 28, 2012

Their stuff is amazing! Their website is full of amazing tinsel-ey goodness. Perfect for the holidays or any time you need extra sparkle… love it for photo booths!

laura parke

November 28, 2012

i love seeing this behind the scenes portion of confetti system. they are so inspiring. i, too, love to search the dollar store for hilarious finds that can be transformed into something beautiful. great collaboration!


November 30, 2012

Amazzzzing. CS is such an inspiration. Thanks for this feature!


erica @ tinseltwine . com

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